Friday, April 26, 2013

Full Show Friday: George Benson Montreux Jazz Festival

Last year we searched the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and posted them to the site monthly.  That was all well and good but this year RtBE is upping the ante with a show every week to celebrate Full Show Friday's.  These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...

This month we are doing something special. As readers of RTBE know, Spring is special for us as Jazzfest is just around the proverbial corner.  So for all of the Full Show Friday's in April we will be spotlighting artists who are playing at this years festival.
To be honest we are completely underwhelmed by this years lineup and I doubt we stick around for any of the headliners except for the closing Sunday, so listening to these shows will do us all better then the mile long cab line. 

This week we are getting down with the one the only ...George Benson!

I think this show out of all of them this month sums up the Jazzfest experience best.  Benson is a virtuoso on guitar, simply amazing, but he ain't afraid to get all romantically cheesy (first song out the gate!) and get the hips saying; perfectly NOLA even if he is from Pittsburgh. 

That bit of cheese just goes down smoother in the bayou and makes its way into almost all the shows and setlists, god bless the cheese. You can do that when you play some of the smoothest jazz out there as Benson does.  Sure I like my jazz much more adventurous but there is a time and a place for everything and you just know Benson is going to be killing it later this afternoon on the Congo Square Stage, god I wish I was there now! Well only a few days to go, hope to see you there next weekend

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